Cannabis Distillation Equipment


Turnkey Solutions: Wiped Film, Short Path Distillation Machinery For the Cannabis and Hemp Industries

Root Sciences’ VTA distillation plants are specifically intended for the processing of cannabis and hemp crude oil.  Designed and manufactured in Germany, these machines are expertly engineered to produce distillate that can be used in a wide variety of products commonly found on the market today.

Equipment is available to suit a range of operations, from small-scale labs focusing on the recreational THC market, all the way up to large hemp processing facilities focusing on industrial-scale CBD production, and everything in between.

Root Sciences has a wealth of experience working with our suppliers and manufacturers to tailor equipment specifically to the hemp and cannabis industries, with honest and accurate throughput/yield rates that reflect that.

As a testament to our commitment to the industry, we have over 290 hemp and cannabis processors across the country and around the world using our equipment.

For Root Sciences, the sale is just the beginning, as we aim to nurture a long-term partnership with all of our clients. After delivering and installing the equipment, our training and after-sales support is where we really add value. This is where our in-house knowledge and experience becomes so crucial, as we will have everything set up and running efficiently from day one.

Furthermore, we are always just a phone call or an email away whenever support is needed. We also offer extended service and maintenance packages to keep your equipment in top condition and minimize the risk of downtime for your operations. As your partner, we have your back.

Distillation Models

VKL 70-5

The opening model in our VTA line, the VKL 70-5 is the perfect industrial starter distillation center. If you don’t know what machine you need, the first metric you should consider is the amount of material you want to process per shift. The VKL takes the crude oil produced from 180 kg per shift and yields four to five liters of distillate.

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VKS 70-5

The VKS 70-5 is the next step up from the VKL 70-5. While it operates on the same electrical single phase set up, the VKS has the ability to run three times more material than the VKL per shift. It takes 544 kg of biomass and yields 12 to 13 liters of distillate. Both of these models are well suited to small and medium operations that are space conscious and don’t need the additional processing power that the following two models offer.

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VK 100-10

Stepping up into serious distillation needs, the VK 100-10 can process 2,041 kg per shift and yields 25 to 30 litres. This machine is best suited for processors who need large production. The VK 100-10 is a bit larger than its smaller counterparts. Be sure to note the space requirement and differing electrical supply that this machine requires when planning a distillation space.

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VK 200-40

At the top of Root Sciences’ standardized line, the VK 200-40 boasts the ability to process 11,339 kg. of cannabis per shift; this produces 320 to 400 liters of distillate. This model is for processors who require extra-large production. Be sure to note the space requirement and differing electrical supply that this machine requires when planning a distillation space.

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Root Sciences also offers build-to-suit VTA equipment options for any scale processing operation. These machines can be customized to suit even the largest of processing facilities.

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System Advantages:

  • Continuous feed (no need to break vacuum)
  • Short residence time
  • High evaporation rates
  • Low processing temperatures
  • Compact design
  • Cannabinoid separation
  • Automated controls
  • Fully Jacketed for precise temperature controls
  • Included: Short path evaporator (with internal condenser), cold trap, discharge systems (for distillate and residue), heating and vacuum system
  • Main glass components are Borosilicate glass (allows view of  concentrates during the distillation process)

Root Sciences specializes in commercial-scale short path distillation equipment for the cannabis industry. Our wiped film short path distillation systems refine cannabis and hemp concentrates into a top grade distillate that can be infused into a variety of edible products or fine oils to be used in vape cartridges and tinctures.

In our cannabis distillation process, we take advantage of the melting points of cannabinoids. By using molecular separation, we can separate the THC from the terpenes, lipids, impurities, and solvents, leaving you with an odorless and clear golden distillate. The main advantage to using distillate is that it is safer to smoke, has a much higher potency than extracts or flower and activates immediately after use.